Post # 1
I’m looking to do a kosher wedding somewhere in the NYC vicinity. I’d REALLY love a place that had some sort of skyline views. Does anyone have any recommendations for a venue that fits that criteria that either does not have an in-house caterer, or has a kosher kitchen? (I’m trying to avoid the caterer buy-out fee). If you know prices, that would be fantastic.
Also, any suggestions for kosher caterers would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
The Water’s Edge has an exclusive kosher caterer – Prestige caterers, there was no buy-out fee when I contacted them, but you will still have to pay a fee to both Water’s Edge (for the tables/chairs/waitstaff) and then Prestige (for the food) so its slightly more expensive then in-house I’ve found. They are in Long Island City with a whole window of skyline views. The downside is the area immediately around the restaurant is rather industrial. But if you can ignore that, the venue itself is pretty.
I didn’t go see Terrace on the Park (in Queens) but it’s on a higher floor so may have some views and has a kosher catering (many Jewish weddings there).
What is your approximate budget?
Not MANY places that aren’t synagogues have in-house kosher catering. There are a few – Crest Hollow Country Club comes to mind, but no skyline views and may be a bit far for you?
I just went through this (picking a Kosher venue in the NYC area.. we ended up in Great Neck) so I may be able to help more. PM me if you want some of the quotes I got etc..
Post # 4
I also just realized we have the same wedding date. Definitely PM me for some quotes.
Post # 5
I also ended up in Great Neck at Temple Beth El of Great Neck. They have an in house caterer – Cosmopolitan Caterers. For skyline views would you consider a yacht? Smooth Sailing Celebrations and Yacht Events are amazing! Also Chelsea Piers has some great views. You can browse through these and other kosher venues and caterers on mazelmoments.com. Congrats and good luck!!!
Post # 6
@cigliw: We have the same venue!
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
I used Prestige and they were AMAZING. Foremost catering is fantastic as well, but generally more expensive than Prestige. I used an Abigail Kirsch location and we didn’t have a buy-out – just had to pay the NYBG for tables, staff, etc as a PP mentioned, and then pay the caterer, so it was more expensive, but there was no buy-out fee.
Post # 8
Thanks everyone for your help!! I think I will most likely end up going with a place where you have to pay for the bar, staff, etc and then the caterer separately. It’s definitely more expensive, but I’ve gotten some quotes from caterers and it’s not as terrible as I imagined.
I’ve been trying to nail down a quote from Prestige but they’ve been pretty unresponsive. @hermitcrab: did you find this at all, or is it just me?